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As Carmel Touts Possible Police Merger, Other Municipalities Not as Enthusiastic

As Carmel Touts Possible Police Merger, Other Municipalities Not as Enthusiastic

The March 11 letter requesting a study into a countywide police merger from Town of Carmel officials to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell may have caused a stir, but what has followed is a healthy dose of skepticism from other municipalities that have independent police agencies. Town of Kent, Village of Brewster, and Village of […]

Common Core Testing Chided Loudly at Brewster Forum

Common Core Testing Chided Loudly at Brewster Forum

By Neal Rentz State standardized tests for elementary age students were sharply criticized as both unfair to students and teachers during a forum held at the VFW Post 672 in Brewster last Thursday. Panelists participating in “Reclaiming Public Education” went so far as to say they were refusing to have their children take the tests […]

PV Parks and Rec. Looks to Improve Programs, Reach More Residents

PV Parks and Rec. Looks to Improve Programs, Reach More Residents

By Janine Bowen As warm weather approaches and residents look for ways to spend more time outdoors, the Putnam Valley Parks and Recreation Department is looking for ways to expand. During last Wednesday night’s town board meeting, Parks and Recreation Director, Frank DiMarco said that the department is looking toward the future and trying to […]

Mahopac Man Charged with Harassing Coach after Daughter Cut from Lax Team

Mahopac Man Charged with Harassing Coach after Daughter Cut from Lax Team

A Mahopac school district parent didn’t like that his daughter had been cut from the high school girls’ lacrosse team, and allegedly took his frustration out on the coach, according to police. Two misdemeanor charges have been filed against Mahopac School District resident Alfonso DiFusco, according to the Town of Carmel court, following an incident […]

Legislators Mull Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco in County

Legislators Mull Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco in County

Legislators deliberated whether it was worthwhile to bump up the age of residents who can buy tobacco products in Putnam County, during last Thursday’s Health Committee meeting. Currently, the minimum age to buy any tobacco product in the county is 18-years-old, but some legislators, in hopes of combating early cigarette smokers, want to see that […]

Business Profile:  Sauro’s Town Square Pizza, Patterson

Business Profile: Sauro’s Town Square Pizza, Patterson

Steve and Lenny Sauro have a simple mantra that they try to impress upon their employees. “I always tell my employees, run everyday like it’s our first,” Steve Sauro said. That recipe has seemed to work so far as the Sauro family opened up its second business in the same shopping plaza last week. The […]

Merandy Elected Next Cold Spring Mayor; Early and Murphy Win Trustee Seats

Merandy Elected Next Cold Spring Mayor; Early and Murphy Win Trustee Seats

In a village election that would decide the next mayor and two trustee seats, Cold Spring voters made their choices clear Wednesday as more than 700 residents went to the polls. Dave Merandy was elected mayor, trouncing opponent Barney Molloy by a landslide 454-261 margin, while Marie Early and Fran Murphy topped Bob Ferris to […]

Carmel Town Officials Request Formal Study for Countywide Police Merger

Carmel Town Officials Request Formal Study for Countywide Police Merger

Merging police agencies has been talked about for years on grocery lines and coffee shops, but now one Putnam County town is making a formal request to examine it. Carmel Town Board members sent a formal letter to the County Executive’s Office requesting a special task force be set up to study and research “the […]

Odell’s State of the County Hits on Good and Bad Facing Putnam

Odell’s State of the County Hits on Good and Bad Facing Putnam

Marking 2015 as the Year of the Family, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell touched on a bit of everything that affects Putnam families in her first State of the County address since earning her first full term in office last November. Odell, who mixed quick-witted humor with a couple of well-placed Ronald Reagan quotes, reviewed […]

Butterfield Public Hearing Brings Mixed, Subdued Feedback

Butterfield Public Hearing Brings Mixed, Subdued Feedback

Cold Spring residents had the opportunity to sound off on the Butterfield redevelopment proposal on March 4, though comments were more subdued than the sparks of controversy that have followed the project for several years. As a shovel gets closer to hitting the Butterfield property, a public hearing was held inside the Cold Spring firehouse […]

Village of Cold Spring Mayoral and Trustee Election Preview

Village of Cold Spring Mayoral and Trustee Election Preview

Two candidates are vying for the mayoral position in Cold Spring and three candidates are running for the two open trustee seats. The election is March 18. Dave Merandy – Mayoral Candidate and Marie Early – Trustee Candidate Running together on the People’s Party line, mayoral candidate Dave Merandy and trustee candidate Marie Early have […]

Boscobel Appoints New Curator to Oversee Nationally Renowned Collection

Boscobel Appoints New Curator to Oversee Nationally Renowned Collection

Boscobel continues to support its experienced and knowledgeable staff with the addition of Jennifer Carlquist as its new Curator (effective February 4, 2015). Ms. Carlquist will research, oversee and celebrate the museum’s nationally renowned collection of New York furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. She will also organize annual exhibitions that highlight the […]

Business Profile: Cold Spring Depot, Cold Spring

Business Profile: Cold Spring Depot, Cold Spring

For dozens of years, Cold Spring Depot has been a destination for village residents who live right down the street, or out-of-towners seeking one of the most established eateries in the Lower Hudson Valley. Cold Spring Depot’s reputation even drew one of the United States’ most prolific political couples to the restaurant, Bill and Hillary […]

As Winter Winds Down, Snow Removal Costs Add Up

As Winter Winds Down, Snow Removal Costs Add Up

As cautious optimism begins to fill the air that warmer weather is on the horizon, one group of Putnam residents–highway superintendents and their workers–is especially holding out hope that winter is in the rearview mirror. With a harsh winter that has pounded Putnam County with aggravating snow and ice in freezing conditions, snow removal budgets […]

Mahopac-Carmel Biz Owners Rally to Stop New Signage Laws

Mahopac-Carmel Biz Owners Rally to Stop New Signage Laws

The Carmel Town Board scrapped plans to enforce new proposed signage laws after a throng of local Mahopac and Carmel business owners flooded town hall during a Feb. 25 meeting. After more than two hours of public comment about the new proposed set of ordinances that would hit the business districts of Mahopac and Carmel, […]

Putnam Law Enforcement Brutality Allegations Captured in Video

Putnam Law Enforcement Brutality Allegations Captured in Video

Through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, Examiner Media obtained Carmel Town Hall surveillance videotape of a case of alleged police brutality that took place on July 3 of last year. Stemming from that incident, former county sheriff investigator Pat Castaldo has been charged with one felony […]

Wary Residents Look to Opt Out of Kent Sewer District

Wary Residents Look to Opt Out of Kent Sewer District

By Janine Bowen  Kent residents are voicing concerns about the newly created sewer district while town officials are weighing the pros and cons of allowing residents to opt out of it. At a Feb. 24 town board meeting, several residents were upset about the financial burden the new district carries for residents who didn’t ask […]

Split Southeast Town Board Approves Crossroads Rezoning

Split Southeast Town Board Approves Crossroads Rezoning

By Neal Rentz  A split Southeast Town Board approved rezoning for the proposed Crossroads 312 retail and hotel project during a special meeting on Feb. 26, a defining vote for a proposal that has proved to be wildly controversial, especially in recent months. Voting to amend Chapter 138 of the town code were Councilmen Edwin […]

Putnam Women’s Networking Group to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary

Putnam Women’s Networking Group to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary

Connecting local businesswomen with other local businesswomen has been a passion for Jamie Imperati since she started Professional Women of Putnam (PWP) five years ago. As that fifth anniversary is going to be marked this March, Imperati, a Mahopac resident, has never been more excited about the direction her organization is going in. “It’s a […]

Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

Walk into Ristorante Spadafora on any given evening, and it’s easy to feel like family. Inside the Mahopac restaurant, an intimate space owned by Antonino Cannavo, a family atmosphere awaits for hungry customers ready for appetizing Italian and Sicilian food and a welcoming smile from a friendly staff that money can’t buy. On a strikingly […]

Discussion for Ban on Plastic Bags Underway by Putnam Lawmakers

Discussion for Ban on Plastic Bags Underway by Putnam Lawmakers

As some supermarkets move toward eliminating plastic bags from their inventory, Putnam County legislators are looking for an outright ban on the plastic shopping bags countywide. On the same week Putnam lawmakers were nearing a ban of polystyrene products in county buildings, the county Legislature’s Health Committee is now exploring outlawing plastic bags that are […]

Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

By Janine Bowen A public hearing regarding the proposed Butterfield redevelopment project has been set for March 4, but not everybody is happy with the project moving forward so soon. Cold Spring Planning Board member Arne Saari was opposed to having the public hearing at the March meeting, stating that he is concerned about the […]

Merandy, Molloy to Square Off for Cold Spring Mayoral Seat

Merandy, Molloy to Square Off for Cold Spring Mayoral Seat

As five different candidates jump into the fray that is the Cold Spring election cycle, the only certainty known before the results roll in a month from now is, regardless of who wins what, the village board is set to be comprised of a completely different make-up of local lawmakers. With the trio of current […]

Legislators Leaning Toward Styrofoam Ban in All County Buildings

Legislators Leaning Toward Styrofoam Ban in All County Buildings

A polystyrene ban in all Putnam County governmental facilities took possibly one of its final steps toward becoming a reality last Thursday, when legislators voiced support for the legislation after hearing from styrofoam lobbyists who were hoping to thwart the attempted local law. During a lengthy Rules Committee meeting, legislators heard from advocates on both […]

Rejected: Appeal from Suspended Player Turned Down

Rejected: Appeal from Suspended Player Turned Down

A suspended Mahopac student-athlete, barred from any sport activities for the rest of his senior year, lost his fight to overturn the ruling handed down by the Mahopac administration last week when the Board of Education denied his appeal. The Mahopac basketball player—who saw his team’s 6-13 season end in the outbracker round of the […]

Appeal of Suspended Mahopac Player Squashed by Board of Ed

Appeal of Suspended Mahopac Player Squashed by Board of Ed

A suspended Mahopac student-athlete, barred from any sport activities for the rest of his senior year, lost his fight to overturn the ruling handed down by the Mahopac administration last week when the Board of Education denied his appeal. The Mahopac basketball player—who saw his team’s 6-13 season end in the outbracker round of the […]

Firing Back: Former Putnam Commissioner Sues County, Odell for Old Job Back

Firing Back: Former Putnam Commissioner Sues County, Odell for Old Job Back

Though Putnam County is already moving ahead with its plan to find a new Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner, the Patterson resident who once occupied that position is suing the county to reclaim his old job. Former emergency services commissioner Adam Stiebeling has filed a lawsuit against the county in Putnam County Supreme Court, arguing he was illegally […]

PHC Sees 1st MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Replacement Case

PHC Sees 1st MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Replacement Case

“Can I dance?” Carmen Gracia asked mere hours after receiving a partial knee replacement at Putnam Hospital Center. Gracia was able to get out of her hospital bed shortly after the minimally invasive procedure, the first of its kind at Putnam Hospital Center. “I feel fine,” she said as she walked with assistance down the […]

Ryan to Retire as Carmel School Chief at End of School Year

Ryan to Retire as Carmel School Chief at End of School Year

When Dr. James Ryan first came to the Carmel Central School District, he and the Board of Education talked about what the two sides wanted to see accomplished during his tenure as head of the district. After beginning his Carmel career in 2008, that career is set to end in 2015, as Ryan announced his […]

Business Profile: Jack’s Clubhouse, Brewster

Business Profile: Jack’s Clubhouse, Brewster

When children come to Jack’s Clubhouse, owner Leanne Murphy really wants them to unplug. In a world where children at increasingly younger ages are hooked on computers and mesmerized by screens, the concept of running around seems to be lost. “If you do take those away, they really do start to get the imagination going,” […]